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    The Role of Origin Stories With Regard to Villains

    Provide an analysis of the role that origin stories of villains in various forms of fiction fill. Perhaps the story makes for an interesting insight into the motives behind an evildoer’s deeds (as in the case of the Psycho film franchise, for example), their relation to the respective hero (if any), or perhaps as a source of sympathy for the character. Supply in-depth descriptions of examples for each role.

    • Are Origin stories as important for heroes as for villains though? I would definitely argue not. All superheroes have their stories narrated at some point but in some of the most popular villains people enjoy the unknown quality they have. Just look at Joker, how DID he get those scars? AHA – Slaidey 8 years ago
    • I think this would be a very interesting article! By learning the villain's backstory, it adds a human quality to them, which could nurture sympathy in the viewers. It's always unnerving as a viewer to make an emotional connection, or finding yourself relating to, a character you know you're not supposed to like. Take Loki, for example, when we learn his backstory, it becomes easier to justify all his actions, henceforth. Then, we begin to question our own morality. It shows that good and evil are not always black and white. Great topic! – Megan Finsel 8 years ago
    • I think this topic has a rich base to draw on, because, as noted above, you have a huge variety of villain types: archetypal, lunatic, puppets, misunderstood, the ones you wish were misunderstood but are still pretty murder-y... I think the best organization of this article would be tracing mainstream changes. – IndiLeigh 8 years ago

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    I appreciated your detailed insight with regard to the ambiguity of reality around Bateman’s actions in the film. The moment in which I believe this becomes most apparent is the point at which Bateman is using an ATM machine that orders him to feed it a cat. Up until then, his actions were far-fetched but at least plausible for the most part. But once the ATM comes up, asking for one of the tell-tale signs of a budding serial killer (animal abuse), reality takes a step back. From that point on in the film, everything is questionable.

    American Psycho: A Post Modern Horror

    At first, I was surprised and a bit puzzled by the show’s addition of a Bates family member via Dylan. Since the inception of the show, though, he’s become just as interesting as Norman in many ways. Perhaps he represents the person Norman could’ve been had he not been under the domineering pressure of his mother. He serves as both a dramatic foil and a loving companion to Norman and even intertwines in possible romantic relationships at times. It interests me to see where the show will take Dylan. Maybe he’ll end up in the bottom of a swamp as a retcon for his lack of being mentioned in the original film, or maybe the show will take him all the way and mold the character for their own.

    From “Psycho” to “Bates Motel”: The Evolution of an Iconic Murderer

    I found Full Metal Jacket to be profoundly interesting during the first act in the boot camp, masterfully insightful into human nature and the nature of war as “Gomer Pyle’s” spirit is broken in basic training. However, the second act of the movie, in which the men actually dare to venture into the war itself, seemed amorphous, distracted, and somewhat cheesy. It could essentially be equivalent to watching two separate movies were it not for the running times and the connection of Joker and the thousand-yard stare.

    The 10 Greatest War Films of All Time (So Far)